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Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:36

Facebook's Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they're looking for something to watch on their smartphones.

The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram's video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users. Accounts with large audiences will be able to go as long as an hour.

Video will be available through Instagram or a new app called IGTV. The video will eventually give Facebook more opportunities to sell advertising.

It's the latest instance in which Instagram has ripped a page from a rival's playbook in an effort to preserve its status as a cool place for young people to share and view content. In this case, Instagram is mimicking Google's YouTube. Before, Facebook and Instagram have copied Snapchat — another magnet for teens and young adults.

Instagram, now nearly 8 years old, is moving further from its roots as a photo-sharing service as it dives headlong into longer-form video.

The initiative comes as parent company Facebook struggles to attract teens, while also dealing with a scandal that exposed its leaky controls for protecting users' personal information.

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told The Associated Press that he hopes IGTV will emerge as a hub of creativity for relative unknowns who turn into internet sensations with fervent followings among teens and young adults.

That is what's already happening on YouTube, which has become the world's most popular video outlet since Google bought it for $1.76 billion nearly 12 years ago. YouTube now boasts 1.8 billion users.

Instagram, which Facebook bought for $1 billion six years ago, now has 1 billion users, up from 800 million nine months ago.

More importantly, 72 percent of U.S. kids ranging from 13 to 17 years old use Instagram, second to YouTube at 85 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. Only 51 percent of people in that group now use Facebook, down from 71 percent from a similar Pew survey in 2014-15.

That trend appears to be one of the reasons that Facebook is "hedging its bets" by opening Instagram to the longer-form videos typically found on YouTube, said analyst Paul Verna of the research firm eMarketer.

Besides giving Instagram another potential drawing card, longer clips are more conducive for video ads lasting from 30 seconds to one minute. Instagram doesn't currently allow video ads, but Systrom said it eventually will. When the ads come, Instagram intends to share revenue with the videos' creators — just as YouTube already does.

"We want to make sure they make a living because that is the only way it works in the long run," Systrom said.

The ads also will help Facebook sustain its revenue growth. Total spending on online video ads in the U.S. is expected to rise from nearly $18 billion this year to $27 billion in 2021, according to eMarketer.

Lele Pons, a YouTube sensation who also has amassed 25 million followers on Instagram, plans to launch a new cooking show on IGTV in hopes of increasing her audience and eventually generating more revenue. "It's like Coca-Cola and Pepsi," she said. "You will never know what you like better unless you try both."

IGTV's programming format will consist exclusively of vertical video designed to fill the entire screen of smartphones — the devices that are emerging as the main way younger people watch video. By contrast, most YouTube videos fill only a portion of the screen unless the phone is tilted horizontally.

Snapchat began featuring vertical video before Instagram, another example of its penchant for copying rivals.

But Systrom sees it differently. "This is acknowledging vertical video is the future and we want the future to come more quickly, so we built IGTV."

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Attorney: Firefighters made livestreams, not porn videos

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:31

The attorney for two Ohio firefighters who were suspended for allegedly making pornographic videos at a firehouse says the couple did not record the videos, but did participate in explicit livestreams.

Attorney Brian Pierce tells WEWS-TV the streams Akron firefighters Arthur Dean and Deann Eller participated in were hacked, recorded and put online by someone else. He did not say Wednesday whether the streams originated from a fire station.

Dean and Eller were both placed on administrative leave Monday while the city investigated the videos.

Fire Chief Clarence Tucker and Mayor Dan Horrigan said Dean and Eller did not work at the same fire station, but they were known to be in a long-term relationship.

Officials have not identified the firehouse where the videos took place.

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Police: Man shoots at city building with a BB gun

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:05

CLEVELAND — Police say a man armed with a BB gun tried to shoot out the windows of a building in downtown Cleveland.

Officers were called to the Halle Building around 10 a.m. Wednesday for a report of shots fired.

A spokesman for Cleveland police says a man had a BB gun and was trying to fire shots at the building from across the street.

No injuries were reported, and police have not reported damage to the building.

It is unclear if police have filed any charges.

The Halle Building first opened in 1908 as a department store and has since been converted into office space and luxury residences.

An investigation into the attempted shooting is ongoing.

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Supporters of Trump steadfast despite immigration uproar

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 03:52

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas supported President Donald Trump's decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally because, he said, it got Congress talking about immigration reform.

Niurka Lopez of Michigan said Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy made sense because her family came to the U.S. legally from Cuba and everyone else should, too.

Die-hard Trump supporters remained steadfast even as heart-rending photos of children held in cages and audio of terrified children crying out for their parents stoked outrage among Democrats and Republicans alike. They said they believed Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen when they falsely claimed that they had no choice but to enforce an existing law.

When Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end forced separations on his own, they shrugged. The end, they suggested, justified the means. And it was the fault of Congress rather than Trump.

"The optics of what's happening here directly at the border isn't something that he wants to have on his watch, but at the end of the day, he still wants to focus the attention of Congress on the fundamental need for immigration reform in the United States and I think he's gonna hold firm on that," said Pappas, 53.

"His goal was not to rip families apart, I think his goal was to make Congress act on immigration reform," Pappas added. "And now ... everyone's talking about immigration reform and I think President Trump is getting exactly what he wants."

Sixty-five-year-old Richard Klabechek of Oak Grove, Minnesota, who attended the president's rally Wednesday evening in Duluth, Minnesota, said he was unmoved by the audio of crying children, saying it was "the media playing the heartstrings of the public." And he said Trump was simply being Trump.

"I think Trump takes issues on in his own direct way, but it doesn't fit the politically correct narrative of the media or the Democrats," said Klabecheck, who is retired.

Lopez, 54, said Trump "really cares for the United States of America and the people of the United States of America and to protect us from people that want to hurt us."

Others shared her assessment.

John Trandem, 42, who owns an automotive services company near Fargo, North Dakota, said he has supported all of Trump's decisions during the border controversy.

"He's certainly not a man without compassion. He's not a monster as he's being framed by the media and by the left," said Trandem, who was a delegate at the 2016 Republican convention where Trump clinched the nomination for president.

"He recognizes that it's a very challenging issue. ... Nobody wants to see parents and children separated, but ... the blame should be put squarely back on the shoulders of the people who broke the law in the first place."

Trump voter Terry Welch of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, said he blames Congress and its GOP leadership for not reforming immigration laws, though he admits he doesn't like Trump as a person.

"It's a terrible situation," Welch, 43, said of the distraught children. "I think everybody believes that."

Still, he said the president's dramatic reversal on separating children won't solve anything: "I see that as placating people."

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Welding sparks fire to airplane at John Glenn Columbus International Airport

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 03:21

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Firefighters were called to an airplane hangar at John Glenn Columbus International Airport at 4:12 a.m. Thursday.

Crews arrived to find smoke coming from a Delta airplane inside the building, according to a Columbus Fire chief on the scene.

The building located in the 4300 block of East 5th Avenue, was evacuated due to chemicals on the airplane and inside the hanger.

Columbus Division of Fire Chief said it appears welders working on the front portion of the aircraft caused the plane to catch fire.

Officials say firefighters were quickly able to put the fire out.

This incident remains under investigation.

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2018-06-30 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 01:34
Date: Saturday Jun 30, 2018
Time: 5:20 AM
Duration: 4 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 15°
Approach: 11° above SSE
Departure: 10° above E

2018-07-02 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 01:34
Date: Monday Jul 2, 2018
Time: 5:11 AM
Duration: 4 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 36°
Approach: 13° above SSW
Departure: 23° above E

2018-07-03 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 01:34
Date: Tuesday Jul 3, 2018
Time: 4:21 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 19°
Approach: 17° above SSE
Departure: 10° above E

2018-07-04 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 01:34
Date: Wednesday Jul 4, 2018
Time: 5:03 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 84°
Approach: 19° above SW
Departure: 38° above NE

2018-07-05 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 01:34
Date: Thursday Jul 5, 2018
Time: 4:13 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 47°
Approach: 44° above SSE
Departure: 16° above ENE

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern gives birth

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 00:55

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a daughter Thursday and posted a message welcoming the healthy newborn "to our village."

She is the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office after late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who gave birth to daughter Bakhtawar in 1990.

Ardern distributed a photo showing her and partner Clarke Gayford with the baby at Auckland City Hospital. The girl arrived at 4:45 p.m. weighing 3.3 kilograms (7.3 pounds).

"Welcome to our village wee one," Ardern wrote in the caption on Instagram. "Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl."

She thanked everyone for their kindness and wishes. "We're all doing really well," she wrote.

Ardern's pregnancy has been followed around the world, with many hoping the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership.

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said in an email to The Associated Press that it was a very happy day for Ardern and Gayford and that New Zealanders had taken the news of the pregnancy in their stride.

"This is a sign of our maturity as a country and its acceptance that combining career and family is a choice which women are free to make," she wrote. "Let's also celebrate Clarke as a modern man who is happy to be the full time parent of a young child."

The former prime minister said attitudes had changed since she'd entered politics and that was a good thing.

"For New Zealand, these events and the way our country has greeted them will be seen as inspirational by all who advocate for gender equality and women's empowerment," Clark wrote.

Jennifer Curtin, a professor of politics at the University of Auckland, said there was symbolic importance in Ardern giving birth, in that it showed political parties around the world that it was fine to have younger women as candidates.

She said women often tended to be older when they entered politics. She said in other fields, women have been combining motherhood and paid work for decades, but it has only recently become more manageable thanks to paid parental leave.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has taken over as acting prime minister. Ardern plans to take six weeks of leave before returning to work.

Under the arrangement, Ardern will still be consulted on major decisions, including issues of national security. She has said she's confident the government will continue to run smoothly in her absence.

She said that after the birth, she hoped to have some quiet time to enjoy as a family.

Asked earlier this month how the couple had been faring in their quest to choose a baby name, Ardern responded: "Terribly. Do you have any suggestions?"

Welcome to our village wee one. Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl that arrived at 4.45pm weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb) Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness. We're all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital.

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Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 00:29
A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student-athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which won't say if they are reviewing those connections or whether any concerns were raised about him.

Ohio State employment records reviewed by The Associated Press indicate Richard Strauss worked at five schools in the decade between leaving the Navy as a submarine medicine instructor and joining the university in Columbus in 1978.

Strauss researched, taught or practiced medicine at Harvard University, Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington and the University of Hawaii, according to his resume.

He "remained within the academic community, acting as a part-time team physician at the universities with which I have been associated," according to a note from Strauss in 1980, around the time he was being considered for a leadership appointment in sports medicine at Ohio State. He didn't specify which teams with which he worked or in what capacity.

When contacted by the AP, most of the other schools in Strauss' work history would say or knew little about any ties to him or whether they were reviewing his work and affiliations.

There is no standard response when schools learn a former employee was later accused of abuse, said Djuna Perkins, a lawyer who has conducted sexual misconduct investigations at dozens of universities. Some schools might investigate to ease any concerns, she said, but some might not see the value in that if no accuser has come forward at the institution.

"It would be typical to at least take a preliminary look to see, was this guy here? Did he have contact with students? And then if he did, was there anything we can do about it or should do about it?" she said.

On the other hand, she said, some schools might think, "Why take huge steps and get everyone rattled if in fact there is nothing?"

In such situations, lawyers would probably advise the school where allegations were raised not to notify other employers of the accused, because such issues are seen as personnel matters and not typically shared, Perkins said.

A spokesman for Ohio State wouldn't comment on whether it has contacted Strauss' other listed employers.

But Ohio State has done other outreach, emailing student-athletes and other alumni from the mid-1970s to 2001 to ask that anyone with information contact investigators from Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie.

According to his resume, Strauss did postdoctoral research in physiology at Washington from 1968-1970 and volunteered at a free clinic in Seattle; taught physiology at Penn between 1970-72 and worked at its hospital's hyperbaric therapy service; and then taught physiology at Hawaii from 1972-74 and was a physician for a clinic in that state.

The resume says he was a medical resident at Rutgers from 1974-75; a research fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Boston's Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1975-77; and a fellow in sports medicine at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston before becoming an Ohio State assistant professor.

The resume also lists him as a "physician for university diving activities" at Washington and Hawaii. Spokeswomen for those schools couldn't provide further information this week about those activities or his work, and didn't address questions about whether their schools are reviewing connections to Strauss.

Penn didn't respond to a similar inquiry.

Rutgers hasn't found any record of Strauss having been an employee or medical resident there, spokesman John Cramer said. Rutgers isn't aware of any concerns raised about Strauss, he said.

Spokespeople for Harvard Medical School and what is now Brigham and Women's Hospital said they couldn't provide further information about Strauss' work or whether any concerns were raised about him. Harvard spokeswomen wouldn't say whether his past is being investigated there.

A spokeswoman at the University of Chicago, where Strauss graduated from medical school in 1964, also wouldn't comment.

Strauss' personnel file doesn't indicate whether Ohio State was aware of alleged sexual misconduct. It includes employment- and tenure-related letters in which colleagues praise him as a well-known educator and productive author of articles in his field.

In one letter in early 1984, the dean of the medical college at the time, Manuel Tzagournis, characterized Strauss as "an outstanding individual in every sense" and noted: "Since meeting Dr. Strauss I have never once considered questioning his integrity nor his professional abilities."

Tzagournis didn't respond to phone and email messages left for him at Ohio State, where he has an emeritus position.

Ohio State hasn't disclosed exactly how many people have raised allegations about Strauss or details about those claims. Reports of alleged misconduct have come from male athletes affiliated with 14 sports: baseball, cheerleading, cross country, fencing, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling.

There are also allegations related to Strauss' private, off-campus medical office in Columbus, according to a law firm representing the university.

Ohio State said independent investigators have conducted or scheduled more than 130 interviews with people who reported having relevant information.

The Associated Press hasn't been able to locate relatives who could be asked about the allegations against Strauss, whose 2005 death in Los Angeles was ruled a suicide.

The Strauss investigation comes as universities face heightened attention about the handling of sexual misconduct allegations following the case of former campus sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University, which recently agreed to a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said Nassar sexually assaulted them.

Strauss had a Michigan State link, too. He said he earned his bachelor's degree there in chemistry in 1960, decades before Nassar attended and worked at MSU.
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Head-on crash kills woman in Union Township

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:37

UNION TOWNSHIP - The Granville Post with the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in Union Township.

It happened on State Route 37 just north of US-40 around 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Alan Schubert, 48, of Somerset, was driving a Jeep Cherokee going southbound on SR-37. A Chrysler 200 driven by Kristen Bergund, 34 of Columbus, was driving northbound on SR 37. Schubert went left of center and struck Bergund's vehicle head-on causing her vehicle to go off the side of the road.

Bergund was pronounced dead at scene.

Schubert was taken to a local hospital.

Bergund and Schubert were both wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Gahanna Girl Scout troop helps build nature park

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:57

Girl scouts in Gahanna say they aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.

Troop 678 spent more than a year helping build a brand new park for the community.

"It feels really good that it's all done and how much work we've put into it," troop member Makenzie Fabing said.

For Troop 678, a vine cutting ceremony Wednesday night meant a whole lot.

"There's so much stuff to do and it's not just like come here for a couple minutes, you can be here for a long time," Fabing said.

These Gahanna Girl Scouts helped build this nature park.

In fact, they came up with the idea.

"It's the best project that we've been part of in the last 7 years that I've worked in Parks and Rec this is the coolest thing we've ever done," Gahanna Parks and Recreation Specialist Zac Guthrie said.

The troop partnered with the city and with help from volunteers and donors they turned a half acre lot filled with poison ivy into a green space.

"People think girl scouts are more girly girl, but we get our hands dirty," Fabing said.

The Woodside Green Nature Play & Explore park has an obstacle course, tunnels, fort building, climbing and much more.

"There's a Big Walnut Creek is right beside us, we have miles of connected trail, so it's really inviting people to get outside and play and that was really the girl scouts vision too is get out and come out and play," Guthrie said.

The park is meant to get the community outside and explore.

"I think it's gonna be a really good, uhm, new area in Gahanna," Fabing said.

The green space took more than a year to piece together.

The girl scouts enjoyed every minute.

"I loved working with them to make it actually happen and it was a great time," Fabing said.

Now that it's done families can play here for years to come.

Girl Scout Troop 678 earned its Bronze Award for building the park.

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Road to Recovery: An update from Chris Bradley | June 20

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:18

10TV Chief Meteorologist Chris Bradley shared an update on his treatment and road to recovery on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, Chris said the numbers in his leukemia test results have dropped from 43 percent to 20 percent this month.

Chris says he needs the numbers to drop below 5 percent to move on to his bone marrow transplant.

"Keep those prayers coming! They are working!" Chris wrote in his post.

In March of 2017, Chris was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. He recently learned he was no longer in remission after undergoing a stem cell transplant.

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Man wanted in connection with string of burglaries in southern Ohio

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:25

An Ohio man with a very distinctive face tattoo is wanted in a string of burglaries.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said Anthony “Popeye” Ward has felony warrant through Brown County and is wanted for questioning in several breaking and enterings.

The sheriff’s office said Ward is traveling with a woman named Dottie Worthington and are driving a Black Chevy Cruz.

The lower half of Ward’s face his covered by a tattoo resembling the bite mask worn by Anthony Hopkins in ‘Silence of the Lambs.’

Anyone that knows there location contact the Brown County Sheriffs Office 937-378-4435 or the Adams County Sheriffs Office at 937-544-2314.

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Mother of 4-year-old boy arrested, admits she dumped body

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:06

DALLAS (AP) — The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose naked body was found on a South Texas beach last year admitted to authorities that she beat him and denied him medical care after he suffered a head injury from running into a wall, then drove to Galveston in the middle of the night and dumped the body in the water, according to court documents.

Galveston police identified the child as Jayden Alexander Lopez. Authorities had named him "Little Jacob" after no one came forward to report him missing.

Galveston police chief Vernon Hale announced Wednesday that the child's mother, Rebecca Rivera, and her girlfriend Dania Amezquita-Gomez, had been arrested and charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence.

An affidavit says Rivera, in an interview on Tuesday, told authorities she woke up in the middle of the night after her son had died, carried his body to her vehicle and drove to Galveston with her other young child and Amezquita-Gomez.

According to an affidavit, she said she put her dead son into the water because he went to the beach previously and he liked the water.

Last month, in an interview with authorities, Amezquita-Gomez acknowledged being in the vehicle but did not give any other details about where they went or about the dead child being in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. She reported being too drunk to remember the details.

Rivera admitted that she abused the boy, saying "she was stressed out and took this out on Jayden by striking him with 'whatever I could find,'" according to the court documents.

Rivera told authorities that about two weeks before the boy's death, he had bumped into a wall, causing a head injury. Rivera told police she used alcohol to clean the injury but she and her girlfriend began to argue, causing the alcohol to spill onto the child's face.

According to the court documents, she said her child's face started to swell, and over the next two weeks his health "deteriorated." He reportedly complained of stomach aches and became visibly more lethargic, the mother told police.

Rivera also told police her girlfriend blamed the child for problems in the couple's relationship, the affidavit says.

Jail records did not list attorneys for either woman.

Bryan Gaines, a supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI, called the crime "appalling" at a press conference Wednesday announcing the arrests.

"No one reported Jayden as missing. No one was looking for Jayden. Jayden had no advocate other than us," he said. "Someone took a beautiful, innocent child and discarded him in the ocean as if he was a piece of trash."

Investigators made the unusual move of releasing a photo of the face of the dead boy earlier this year, hoping it would generate new leads about his identity. Authorities had previously released a sketch of the child with a phone number to call with tips. Police on Wednesday said tips led to a possible name for the boy and a DNA comparison led to the positive identification.

Lois Gibson, the forensic artist who created the sketch, said she was at home when she heard news of a break in the case.

"I cried, I cried with relief," said Gibson, who works as forensic artist at the Houston Police Department.

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Gun groups prepare to file suit against Columbus, Cincinnati for "unlawful" gun laws

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:03

Two pro gun groups in Central Ohio are filing suit against the city of Columbus for what the city calls "common sense" gun laws.

Columbus City Council passed the legislation in April and it took effect last week. The laws implement stricter gun legislation that ban bump stocks and firearms accessories, prohibit the sale of imitation guns to minors, better protect domestic violence victims and ban gun sales in neighborhoods.

The two groups taking action are Ohioans for Concealed Carry and Buckeye Firearms Foundation.

10TV has learned the groups are asking for a preliminary injunction against the new laws, as well as a temporary restraining order.

The groups are arguing two main points:

  • It's unlawful to ban bump stocks because of Ohio's Code 9.68 that gives people the right to, in part, keep any firearm, part of a firearm, it's components and ammunition. The groups say bump stocks are considered components.
  • Part of the law takes certain state and federal felonies, like possessing firearms if you've been convicted of a crime, and turns them into misdemeanors.

The groups also say it's an inappropriate and unlawful expenditure of Columbus city funds to implement these new laws. They are looking for a ruling saying the laws are unlawful and they are looking to be compensated by the city of Columbus for legal fees.

Ohioans for Concealed Carry and Buckeye Firearms Association are also filing suit in Cincinnati due to the city's similar legislation on bump stocks.

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Facebook campaign to help separated children seeks $1,500, raises $13 million

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:52

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In an outpouring of concern prompted by images and audio of children crying for their parents, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are donating to nonprofit organizations to help families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Among those that have generated the most attention is a fundraiser on Facebook started by a Silicon Valley couple, who say they felt compelled to help after they saw a photograph of a Honduran toddler sobbing as her mother was searched by a U.S. border patrol agent. The fundraiser started by David and Charlotte Willner had collected more than $13 million by Wednesday afternoon.

The Willners, who have a 2-year-old daughter, set up the "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child" fundraiser on Saturday hoping to collect $1,500 — enough for one detained immigrant parent to post bond — but money began pouring in and within days people had donated $5 million to help immigrant families separated under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes all adults caught crossing the border illegally.

"What started out as a hope to help one person get reunited with their family has turned into a movement that will help countless people," the couple said in a statement released by a spokeswoman Wednesday. The couple, who were early employees at Facebook, declined to be interviewed. "Regardless of political party, so many of us are distraught over children being separated from their parents at the border."

The money collected from more than 300,000 people in the United States and around the world will be given to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that that offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants.

After days of mounting pressure, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families at the border. The order keeps families together while they are in custody, expedites their cases, and asks the Department of Defense to help house them but it is not clear what will happen to the families who have already been separated.

"The photos of the little girl crying while her mother is body searched/removing her shoe laces has rocked me to my core," Natalia Barnes, of New Zealand, wrote on RAICES's Facebook page. "Please tell us you will be able to reunite that baby with her mother!!"

RAICES said Wednesday it will use the funds not only to reunite families and provide legal services, but to start a joint reunification fund for the more than 2,300 migrant children that have been separated from their families at the border with Mexico since May.

"We've been occasionally crying around the office all day when we check the fundraising totals," RAICES wrote on Facebook. "This is such a profound rejection of the cruel policies of this administration. Take heart."

Donations have also been pouring in at the American Civil Liberties Union, which has focused on defending immigrant families, said Mark Wier, the ACLU's chief development officer.

The ACLU has raised $2.5 million online from more than 40,000 people since June 14, when celebrity couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend donated $72,000 each to the organization in honor of Trump's 72nd birthday.

"We've also seen people launch more than 200 peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns on the ACLU's website alone," he said.

The outpouring is similar to the promulgation of the Trump administration's first so-called Muslim ban in January 2017, when the ACLU received $24 million in online donations in two days, Wier said.

RAICES, which has 50 lawyers, said it also plans to hire more attorneys, train more volunteers and even set up a network of therapists and psychologists to help children when they leave detention, Jenny Hixon, RAICES's development director, told the Washington Post.

"It's not just the funding. We're getting literally thousands of people contacting us, wanting to volunteer. Many are like, 'I'll come to Texas,'" Hixon said.

Markus Klofelt, a father of two from Stockholm, Sweden, said he felt compelled to help after seeing his Facebook newsfeed filled with news about families being torn apart.

"As parents and out of humanity and morality, we felt we needed to be part of this campaign," Klofelt said.

The technology consultant said the news in Sweden has also been overwhelmingly about what is happening in the United States even though Europe is also struggling to deal with an influx of refugees from Africa and the Middle East.

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Canada becomes second nation to legalize marijuana

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:33

TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.

The Senate gave final passage to the bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday, legislation that will make Canada only the second country in the world to make pot legal across the country.

Trudeau said provincial and territorial governments need the time to prepare for retail sales.

"It is our hope as of October 17 there will be a smooth operation of retail cannabis outlets operated by the provinces with an online mail delivery system operated by the provinces that will ensure that this happens in an orderly fashion," Trudeau said.

The prime minister said at a news conference that the goal is to take a significant part of the market share away from organized crime.

"Over the following months and indeed years we will completely replace or almost completely replace the organized crime market on that," he said.

Canada is following the lead of Uruguay in allowing a nationwide, legal marijuana market, although each Canadian province is working up its own rules for pot sales. The federal government and the provinces also still need to publish regulations that will govern the cannabis trade.

"The legislation is transformative," said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, adding it "marks a wholesale shift in how our country approaches cannabis, leaving behind a failed model of prohibition."

She urged Canadians to follow the existing law until the Cannabis Act comes into force.

"The law still remains the law," Wilson-Raybould said.

Many questions remain unanswered, including how police will test motorists suspected of driving under the influence, what to do about those with prior marijuana convictions and just how the rules governing home cultivation will work.

The Canadian provinces of Quebec and Manitoba have already decided to ban home-grown pot, even though the federal bill specifies that individuals can grow up to four plants per dwelling.

"Provinces can set their own laws. If individuals are challenging that law, they can challenge it," Wilson-Raybould said.

Trudeau said the government won't discuss pardons of past convictions until legalization is in effect.

"There's no point looking at pardons while the old law is in the books," Trudeau said.

Trudeau said they are going to treat it like wine and tobacco, noting that few people will cultivate it at home, but it's necessary to fight organized crime.

Trudeau promised to legalize it during the 2015 election and had set a goal of July 1 for it. The provinces pleaded for more time.

Canadian marijuana stocks have rallied in anticipation of legalization and jumped again on Wednesday.

In the neighboring U.S., nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana. California, home to one in eight Americans, launched the United States' biggest legal marijuana marketplace on Jan. 1.

The news was greeted with enthusiasm by marijuana advocates in the U.S.

Don Hartleben, who manages Dank of America, a retail cannabis store just south of the border in Blaine, Washington, said Canada's legalization was not only politically exciting, but a potential business boon for him.

Many of his customers are Canadian tourists who are terrified of trying to bring pot across the border, he said. If more use marijuana when they're in Canada, more will use when they're on vacation in the states.

"People ask me all the time, 'Isn't legalization in Canada going to hurt your business?'" he said. "I tell them, 'No! The more it's legal, the more people are going to feel safe to buy my product.'"

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